Plus3 Education

Plus3 is your first chance to study abroad at Pitt. This two-week, three-credit interdisciplinary experience is a partnership between the School of Nursing and Education. Your travels to Birmingham, United Kingdom,  will give you a firsthand glimpse of comparative education and healthcare through visits to schools and hospitals, Q&A sessions, and academic lectures that provide cultural and political perspective.
Information on 2022 Plus3 opportunities will be announced during the fall 2021 semester. 
United Kingdom: Comparative Education and Healthcare
The academic focus of this program is an introduction to public health nursing and early childhood education contextualized by intersectionality. Built upon a comparative, multidisciplinary framework, this course addresses education, health services, and social services for children, young people, families within the context of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality while providing students with a broad perspective on the distinctive healthcare and education systems operating in the United Kingdom and the United States.

  • Site visits may include: Both public and private hospitals and schools, Birmingham City University, NGOs 
  • Cultural activites may include: Hop-on hop-off tour in London, Day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Pub Quiz, Karaoke Nights 
  • Locations will include Birmingham City with day trips with other locations, including London 

Birmingham, located in the heart of England, is the second-largest city in the UK. Packed with history, arts and culture, this vibrant city was a global manufacturing powerhouse, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and was known in the Victorian era as the ‘Workshop of the World’.

Where You'll Live: 

Students will be housed in shared hotel rooms within Birmingham. This area is close to major attractions of the city and near many shops, banks, restaurants, and more. Each room will be equipped with cable TV, air conditioning, internet connection (wireless included), and cleaning services.


What You'll Study: 

You will receive three academic-credits for Plus3. For Pre-Education students, you should check with your department advisors for confirmation on what Plus3 could fulfill towards your degree.

Plus3 Academics
Plus3 is a 3-part program that occurs during the spring term with international travel the first two-weeks in May.

  • Pre-Departure Orientations and Workshops – Three-five cohort meetings with your faculty leader and program assistant in the spring term will help to prepare you for your time abroad.
  • Field Study – Company visits, guest lectures lectures, and a reflection blog comprise the academic portion of your two weeks in-country.
  • Post-Program Project – You will complete a project (details determined by the faculty member) that acts as a summary for your experience. 

Faculty Member: Dr. Hayley Germack 
Dr. Germack is a professor in the School of Nursing. She has taught health policy, quantitative methods, and community based participatory research to undergraduate students and nurses. She is actively involved in professional research organizations including AcademyHealth, where she participates in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues. For more information on Dr. Germack please visit her bio.
Program Assistant: Program Assistant Information Coming Soon! 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Lauren Perri

Hi! I'm Lauren, Program Manager for Arts & Sciences students. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany. Since then, my career in international education has taken me to many locations around the world. Particularly, I have an affinity for Florence, Italy. There is nothing quite like the challenge of navigating a new city, country, and culture! Let's chat about global experiences.

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Items Billed by Pitt

Program Fee & Tuition $5,000 $5,200
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $5,300 $5,500

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Additional Spending Money ~$300-$500


What's Included: 
  • Lodging for orientation in Pittsburgh and time abroad
  • Tuition for three credits
  • Round-trip international airfare*
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions
  • Most meals
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • International Health Insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Fee ($300)
  • Additional spending money (~$500-$700)**

*Students who choose a return destination other than Pittsburgh will be charged the flight fee difference.
**Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our budgeting page for more information.


For scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the scholarship page.


When You'll Go: 

May 7 - May 20, 2022 

What Else You Need to Know: 

Admission Requirements: 

  • First year, first semester students from the School of Nursing and Pre-Education (Argentina) *School of Education includes Oakland undergraduate students who are anticipating entry into the School of Education 
  • Must have applied for a passport or already hold a valid passport by the application deadline. A valid passport means that it will not expire prior to the 6 month mark post program.  Need to apply? We suggest you apply during Thanksgiving break or apply in Pittsburgh by reviewing the instructions here.
  • Must have a clean judicial record
  • Minimum of a 2.75 GPA at the end of the first semester

If you don't have a passport or need to renew yours, get started right away. Applications will not be accepted without a passport that is valid at least six months past the program end date.

  • You can apply at the Allegheny County of Dept. of Court Records
    City County Building
    414 Grant Street
    Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4pm, Wednesdays until 7pm. 
  • ​​​Check out our helpful Passport Guide for more information.